SthLnd foes will clash when the Abilene Christian Wildcats (6-5, 1-0 SthLnd) challenge the Nicholls Colonels (7-5, 1-0 SthLnd) at Moody Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019.
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The last time the Colonels played, they beat the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, 64-58. With 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, Nicholls’ Warith Alatishe had a good outing. The Colonels had a great turnover percentage of 9.9 (better than their season average of 15.8) and held the Islanders to an effective field goal percentage of 0.402 (below their season average of 0.496).
The Wildcats hope to keep it rolling after defeating the New Orleans Privateers in their last game, 77-71. With 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting, Joe Pleasant was Abilene Christian’s leading scorer. Abilene Christian dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.3 (below their season average of 33.2) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.550 (above their season average of 0.496). New Orleans was 18.5 and 0.490, respectively, for those same stats.
Points could be at a premium as a pair of the country’s premier defenses square off. Abilene Christian currently ranks ninth in defensive efficiency (84.9) and Nicholls is 56th (90.1). Moreover, the Colonels are among the country’s best on the offensive backboards, ranking 55th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.7 percent). The Wildcats, however, rank 12th in defensive rebounding percentage (78.0 percent).
This is the first time these teams will meet this year, after the Wildcats won the lone game last season, 64-48. The Wildcats played a nearly perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.2 and a great turnover percentage of 9.6. For those same stats, the Colonels were 12.5 and 14.3, respectively.
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College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Abilene Christian, ATS Winner – Abilene Christian, O/U – Under
Abilene Christian ranks 17th in assists allowed per game (9.2) while Nicholls ranks 99th (12.3).
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 26.6, up from 17.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Colonels have scored an average of 92.2 points per game (12.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 62.0 points per game (5.3 below their season average).